Livable Communities Toolkits & Resources

The Livability Index is a tool of the AARP Livable Communities program, which supports the efforts of citizens, elected officials, planners, business leaders and others to create great neighborhoods, towns, cities, suburbs, and rural areas for people of all ages. In order to help communities become more livable, we offer these resources to assist you. Note that categories of livability are interdependent; therefore, many of our resources cover more than one topic. Icons indicate the livability topics included in a given link.

  • Housing

    Livable communities have different housing options for people at any life stage. Learn more about housing policy solutions here.

  • Neighborhood

    Livability touches upon many aspects of community life from healthy food to neighborhood design. Learn more about community livability here.

  • Transportation

    In livable communities people can get where they need to go in many ways: walking, driving, bike or bus. Learn more about transportation policies here.

  • Environment

    To become more livable communities can take steps to mitigate and recover from the impacts of natural disasters. Learn more about the AARP Disaster Recovery Tool Kit here.

  • Health

    Livable communities support the health and well-being of community members. Learn more about how communities are taking steps to become healthier here.

  • Engagement

    Livable communities are successful when everyone can actively participate in civic and social activities. Learn more here.

  • Opportunity

    Livable communities benefit local business and provide educational opportunities to community members regardless of age. Learn more here.